What follows after Nigeria’s failure at the 2012 London Olympics? What shall be done to stop the plunge Nigeria’s sports has taken in recent years?
Delta State governor Emmanuel Uduaghan will attempt an answer to these when he hosts a national sports summit in Abuja October 30.
Crack resource persons at home and abroad have been contacted to deliver papers during the summit that will hold at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
The idea to hold a sports summit was that of Dr. Uduaghan and it struck him to do so when Nigerian athletes were crashing at the Olympics. The governor was pained by Nigeria’s failure and he felt that he could play a role that will help the country. His state, arguably, is the number one in sports development in the country. And if all states could show interest in sports the way Delta does Nigeria will be better for it. Uduaghan thinks that even Delta could do more.
“This is not about Delta. It is about Nigeria. We all have a duty to develop this country and sports is one vital area that has not been properly addressed. I want experts, respected sports administrators and people knowledgeable in sports to gather together, brainstorm and be loud on where we are getting it wrong and what should be done and the way to do it,” Udughan said last week.
“We want people to recall the past, analyze the present and and proffer solution that will help shape our future. We cannot continue to be complaining without doing something about it. I believe there should be a way out because we have talents in this country. But we are not developing the talents. Why are we not doing so? These are the things the summit will attempt to answer. I believe there’s a way. Let’s find that way,” Uduaghan said.
Executive Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission, Amaju Pinnick noted that what will make the Abuja summit unique is that Governor Uduaghan has promised to take the report of the summit to the Presidency for possible implementation and assured that President Goodluck Jonathan would be happy that something drastic is done to sports in Nigeria.